Malik Smith, MSW, RSSW

(He/Him)

Locations: Phone/Video
Disciplines: Individual Therapy and Group Therapy
Languages: English
Top Specialties: Addiction/Substance Use, Anxiety, Depression, Men’s Issues, and Trauma

Education

● Master of Social Work, University of Toronto
● Social Service Work Diploma, Durham College
● Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology, Ontario Tech University

License and Memberships

● Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW): #842279

Additional Training and Certifications
● Fundamentals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Wilfrid Laurier University
● Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Trauma (TF-CBT), Psychwire
● Somatic Attachment Therapy, The Embody Lab
● Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills, Psychwire
● Understanding ADHD, Women’s College Hospital
● Cultural Safety and Countertransference Training, Affective Consult
● Suicide Risk Assessment and Safety Planning, Mental Health Commission of Canada
● Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health Commission of Canada
● Motivational Interviewing, HealtheKnowledge
● Addiction Care and Treatment, The University of British Columbia

About Malik’s Credentials

I am registered as a psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. My academic background includes a Master’s in Social Work, a Bachelor’s in Forensic Psychology, and a diploma in Social Service Work.

About Malik


My practice is built on the belief that everyone already holds the keys to their own healing; my role is to help you find and use those keys. I bring a calm and grounded presence to each session, creating a space where you feel truly heard and deeply understood. Using a trauma-informed approach, I support both individuals and groups, empowering you and gently guiding you toward becoming your own primary source of support and insight.


Starting therapy takes courage, and I understand the hesitation some might feel about opening up to a male therapist – it’s a step that requires a lot of trust, especially given the complex feelings about masculinity and emotional vulnerability in our society. I want to acknowledge the strength it takes to seek help, and I assure you that my practice is a place of warmth and non-judgment. Having experienced my own mental health struggles, I share a deep connection with those who are on a similar journey, seeking clarity and peace.


In facing challenges like addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, or trauma, I provide an environment where safety and vulnerability are possible, allowing for deep exploration of your emotions, thoughts, and experiences. Alongside offering practical coping skills for daily life, I adapt my therapy approach to fit your unique needs and journey, ensuring you are supported in working toward your goals.


To learn more about my approach to therapy, I invite you to explore further, and to reach out if you have questions or wish to discuss how we might work together. Even if we discover that I am not the perfect match for you, I want to support you in finding the therapist who is. Your journey matters, and I am here to help you take that first step.


Therapy with Malik


In our first few sessions, I will get to know who you are by exploring your unique journey and pinpointing your goals for therapy, ensuring we also attend to any immediate concerns you are facing. As we continue, our sessions will evolve into a more dynamic exchange, tailored to guide you toward the healing and self-discovery you aspire to achieve.


Malik’s Story


Raised in a community shadowed by silent struggles, where coping often involved substance use, isolation, or violence, I was driven by a profound question: What if proper support and understanding were within reach for these struggling individuals? This curiosity transformed into a calling, leading me down the path of therapy. It wasn’t until I began my journey, over 6 years ago, that I truly witnessed the power of genuine support within therapy, and I now consider each session to be a manifestation of what I once imagined possible—a space for healing, growth, and resilience